In his farewell address on January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the establishment of a “military-industrial complex.”
“The science of government being therefore so practical in itself, and intended for such practical purposes, a matter which requires experience, and even more experience than any person can gain in his whole life, however sagacious and observing he may be, it is with infinite caution that any man ought to venture upon pulling down an edifice which has answered in any tolerable degree for ages the common purposes of society, or on building it up again, without having models and patterns of approved utility before his eyes.”
I’m honestly not sure what LQ is going for with this, but I like it.
The facts as I see them are clear and damning: Baby boomers took the economic equivalent of a king salmon from their parents and, before they passed it on, gobbled up everything but the bones.
Ultimately, members of my father’s generation—generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964—are reaping more than they sowed. They graduated smack into one of the strongest economic expansions in American history. They needed less education to snag a decent-salaried job than their children do, and a college education cost them a small fraction of what it did for their children or will for their grandkids. One income was sufficient to get a family ahead economically. Marginal federal income-tax rates have fallen steadily, with rare exception, since boomers entered the labor force; government retirement benefits have proliferated. At nearly every point in their lives, these Americans chose to slough the costs of those tax cuts and spending hikes onto future generations.
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This is a lot more nuanced and thoughtful than this blurb would indicate.
If the New York Times was constantly searching for archival footage to prove that Mitt Romney doesn’t like black people, or that he is “whipping up race hatred,” the conservative media would accuse them of frivolously ignoring the actual issues that this election ought to turn on. It would say that they were exploiting the racial anxieties of Americans to tarnish the character of a man whose long record of public policy-making shows no evidence of racial animosity or radicalism.
When it comes to racial demagoguery, the right has become everything it says it hates about the left."
This ain’t your grandfather’s Republican Party…
It’s sometimes dizzying how far the coalitions which political parties hew to can shift over time.
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Step Two: BE DELIGHTED FOREVER.
Someone posted this on YouTube and now I am posting it here.
It’s about “struggling” with not eating at a chain of garbage restaurants that regard some people as either abominations or, at best, willfully abnormal.
In a nutshell: now you know!
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